This week is officially dubbed this season’s “STATEMENT WEEK!” Each year, we usually have one competition in September where it is time for us to make a statement that Whitehall is a band to watch…and I can’t think of a better show to do that at than this week’s! Not only are there 7(!) American Division bands performing, but the top 3 returning bands from last year’s championships go head-to-head and we are on right before last year’s defending champions, Sun Valley. It’s a chance for us to “throw down our gauntlet,” so let’s make sure we are at our best!
Here is this week’s (somewhat normal 🙂 schedule:
Tuesday – Rehearsal 6-9 PM
Thursday – Rehearsal 6-9 PM
Friday – HOME football game vs. Parkland ; Report time is 4:30 PM ; Chaperones needed at 5:30 PM ; Gator needed up at garage at 6:00 PM ; We will perform pre-game at 6:40 PM. We will be joined by members of the 7th and 8th Grade Band as our guests for the evening — let’s be sure to help them out and show them what a good time can be had as a member of the MZB! As it is a home game, be sure to fill out your 3rd quarter break food order by THURSDAY NIGHT!
Saturday – Competition at West Chester East HS (450 Ellis Ln, West Chester, PA 19380) ; Detailed battle plan below and attached ; Rehearsal begins at 1:00 PM ; Truck needed at parking lot by 2:45 PM ; Chaperones needed at band room by 3:00 PM. BE SURE TO PACK A DINNER FOR THE BUS RIDE!!!!! We will not be able to visit the snack stand at the show.
Information for spectators on Saturday:
– Complete show schedule
– Tickets: $10 general admission ; Children 5 and under are FREE
– Note about spectator parking: All band buses, equipment vehicles and spectators should enter the campus from Ellis Lane NOT Paoli Pike. There are two entrances on Ellis Lane; one for buses, one for spectators.
Let’s have a FANTASTIC week of rehearsals and performances! Let’s make a STATEMENT!
BATTLE PLAN for Saturday, September 30
West Chester East HS Competition
450 Ellis Ln, West Chester, PA 19380
12:30 pm – School open
1:00 pm – Rehearsal begins
3:00 pm – Load equipment truck; Change into “Partial Uniform”
4:00 pm – Depart for West Chester East HS ; Eat packed dinner on bus ride
5:45 pm – Arrive at West Chester East HS; visit restrooms
6:00 pm – Unload truck; warm-up
7:45 pm – Whitehall MZB performance
8:00 pm – Load truck
8:45 pm – Host Band performs ; We will go right to back stands to watch
9:00 pm – Awards Ceremony
9:30 pm – Depart for home
11:15 pm – Estimated arrival time home…ALL members must stay at the school until the equipment truck is completely unloaded. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
A list of things all members should bring with them for the entire day:
Make-up / Hair products (Colorguard)
Water for during practice
Dinner for bus ride
Sweatshirt or jacket
Snack for bus ride home (we will NOT have time to visit refreshment stand at stadium)
Please come prepared, be flexible, and let’s work together so that we can reach our fullest potential!